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Ceramic bust of John Pascoe Fawkner

2005.0014.0002

Ceramic bust of John Pascoe Fawkner

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Physical description

Green glazed hollow ceramic bust of John Pascoe Fawkner. The head and upper torso are moulded into a plinth base. The head features side-parted hair. The torso is depicted with a jacket, shirt collar and tie, and high-buttoned waistcoat. The plinth bears relief lettering "FAWKNER". The base bears stamped (paint?) text "MELROSE / AUSTRALIAN / WARE".

Statement of significance

The collection consists of two slip-cast earthenware pottery busts, manufactured by 'Melrose Australian Ware' for the 1934 Centenary of Melbourne. One depicts John Batman in cream putty, and the other John Pascoe Fawkner in matte green. The busts are approximately half life-size and are in excellent condition.

The Batman and Fawkner busts were manufactured by Melrose Ware, a part of the Hoffman Company, in Brunswick, Melbourne. They were part of a commission for the Melbourne Centenary celebrations for 1934 at a time when a deliberate attempt was made to rehabilitate the reputation of Fawkner and Batman as the founders of the city of Melbourne and the colony of Victoria.

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